I remember seeing The Pit (1981) (aka Teddy) on VHS when I was a kid, and back then, it was super scary, and I wish the frights would’ve held up through the years because it’s a fantastic movie.
Jamie Benjamin is an awkward 12-year-old boy who doesn’t have friends except talking to his Teddy, the animals he has in a terrarium, and, of course, the troglodytes in the pit. Like I said above, The Pit is not as frightening as I remember it, but what it misses in that department is made up with absolute bizarreness. The acting takes a role in that front because it’s melodramatic, to say the least.
I appreciate the troglodytes, how Jamie figures out what they need to eat, and how he feeds them. While not everything is shown, the creepiness of it is spectacular, as are the ways he gets the food to the creatures. Then something else strange happens. It’s like watching a completely different film with Jamie all but forgotten as the men of town hunt the monsters. After this interlude ends, the movie comes to an end with Jamie in the spotlight again and him being sent to a farm to live.
For the strangeness of The Pit, I give it 4 out of 5 Stars.